2015 Billabong SA Grommet Games gets under way at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth with the Opening Function on Monday evening.
Close on 100 surfers representing six districts out of three provinces will compete in the 23rd edition of the South African Grommet Games which gets under way at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth with the opening function next Monday.
Stoked surfers, families and officials from the Cape to KZN will make their way to the Friendly City over the next few days to celebrate this unique surfing tournament together.
The tournament, which is sponsored by Billabong for the seventh year in a row and supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation SA, will officially get under way on Monday evening at 7.00pm when the official opening function takes place in the Victoria Park Grey Primary School Hall.
A highlight of the evening will be a talk by South African surfer and respected Big Wave charger, Matthew Bromley. The Billabong Team rider is an amazing role model and the young surfers at the Grommet Games are bound to enjoy his presentation
The proud hosts of the SA Grommet Games are the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders, who, as members of the Eastern Cape Surfriders Association have hosted all of the tournaments since the first one was held over Easter in 1992.
Introduced into South African surfing culture after unification in 1991, the Grommet Games is a transformation and development tournament that gives young surfers from around the country an opportunity to compete for their respective districts in a major surfing contest for the first time.
Many South African surfers who began their competitive surfing careers in the Grommet Games have gone on to compete in National Championships and other elite tournaments and a number have represented South Africa in International competitions.
The venue for the event is the Pipe at Pollock Beach which produces consistent, contestable conditions for surfers who are competing in their first ever national contest.
The Billabong SA Grommet Games is regarded by Surfing South Africa as a vital and important tournament and takes its place with distinction alongside other major National events. As it celebrates its 23rd anniversary it can now claim to be one of the defining tournaments on the Surfing South Africa calendar.
Girls and boys from a variety of different cultures and communities are represented across the eight divisions and come from all parts of the South African coast with the youngest surfers in the contest competing in the Under 9 Division and the oldest participants taking part in the competitive Under 15 boys and girls group.
The Grommet Games highlights the transformation process within Surfing South Africa and districts are set strict criteria when it comes to selecting their teams.
While much of the focus is on surfing itself, events such as a paddle battle, beach flags and a tag team surfing competition are included in the activities that make this event so special.
Sponsors Billabong have added even more to this year’s event in the form of “goodie bags” for each contestant which will include a variety of items.
The team that displays the most spirit and support during the contest will win the Team Spirit Trophy and the Team with the highest points total will take home the Mandela Bay Trophy, which was won by Western Province in 2014.
In order to select the appropriate team for this event, provinces have held a series of trials and the result of this process is five wonderful days of social and competitive interaction. An added advantage of holding an event such as this is that Surfing South Africa is able to identify potential national and perhaps even future world champions.
Teams competing at this year’s event are from City of Cape Town Surfriders, Cape Winelands Surfriders, Eden Surfriders, Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders, Buffalo City Surfriders Association and eThekweni Surfriders.
The Billabong SA Grommet Games is supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, assisted by Lotto funds, presented by Surfing South Africa and hosted by the Nelson Mandela Surfriders.
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa and a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
Competition at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ recommenced today after 11 consecutive lay days and ran through Round 2 at Snapper Rocks. The world’s best surfers battled through tough conditions to avoid elimination and earn a place in Round 3.
Kolohe Andino (USA) and Jeremy Flores (FRA) delivered one of the most exciting bouts of the day in Round 2 Heat 7. Both surfers got to work quickly, posting several scores each in the opening ten minutes, with Flores taking a slight edge, unleashing on the Snapper Walls. A thrilling battle unfolded between the pair and an exciting exchange played out, with the lead going back and forth. Andino, fresh from victory at the Australian Open, was able cement a narrow win over the Frenchman with an excellent 8.73, and moves through to Round 3.
“I was planning on surfing my own heat and not worrying about him, but then I had to because he was surfing so good,” said Andino. “Even if I didn’t win that heat I would have felt like I surfed my best but I’m stoked. I haven’t been using a leash in about a week so I was a bit nervous to throw one on so I chose not to today.”
“I felt good and did the best with the waves I got,” said Flores. “I’m really angry but that’s how it goes. Next time hopefully it goes my way.”
The much-anticipated opening heat of Round 2 saw three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) take on wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA). Fanning looked smooth and clean in the marginal conditions, using dynamic turns and wrapping cutbacks to earn an excellent 15.50 two-wave heat total, leaving Reynolds in a combination situation with ten minutes gone. After a solid start from the Australian, Reynolds struggled to find high-scoring potential. The wildcard posted a 6.93 to put himself back in contention, but was left searching for a 8.57. Fanning takes the win and moves through to Round 3, while Reynolds becomes the first surfer to be eliminated from the competition.
“It's our job to be ready every day,” Fanning said. “Being in the first heat kept me focused through all those lay days. You never really know what you‘re going to get with Dane. I didn’t really have a game plan, I just wanted to get up and get busy.”
“I’ve been checking the forecast constantly over the lay days just hoping it’s going to look good, but unfortunately there wasn’t much,” said Reynolds. “I hope there’s a possibility of surfing in other events this season, but I’m not sure after that performance!”
11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) faced trials winner Jack Freestone (AUS) in Heat 2 of Round 2. Slater posted two solid scores with his opening rides and the young Australian was left with just a 3.03 on the board, searching for opportunities. An attempt in the final minute by Freestone fell short and he leaves the competition in 25th place, while Slater takes the win and moves on Round 3.
“During the lay days I surfed a bit, golfed a lot, ate and had massages,” Slater said. “I got the start in that heat so Jack had to wait and there weren’t many options for him. We were a little deep so we missed a few waves at the beginning. I’m waiting for the swell that’s forecast but any moment I hope it will pick up. There will be fun waves and I hope it will be a nice size for the finish.”
Owen Wright (AUS) and Keanu Asing (HAW) faced off in Heat 8 of Round 2. Wright opened his account with an excellent 8.93, putting pressure on the rookie form the start, and continued to build a solid heat total (the highest of the day). Despite a strong showing by Asing, he wasn’t able to find the near-perfect 9.77 required to overcome an impressive looking Wright, who moves through to Round 3.
“It’s really tricky out there in terms of waves,” said Wright. “I think I caught about ten waves out there and just kept trying. It’s really hard to find the waves but when they hit the bank and stand up and they’re alright.”
Filipe Toledo (BRA) looked on top form throughout his Round 2 bout against Adrian Buchan (AUS). Toldeo was electric, dominating the lineup and taking to the air for an excellent 8.27 and 7.80 for an early lead. The Brazilian improved his position with a last minute 8.20 and secured the win. Melling’s 13.10 heat total wasn’t enough to stop the in-from Toledo, who moves onto Round 3.
“I feel really excited,” said Toledo. “I had a couple of mistakes in my first Round so this time I tried to relax, breathe and calm down. After I got that first 8 it was all good. I hope to be in the top 5 this year and surfing against Gabriel, Kelly or Mick for the title. It’s going to be a good year.”
Italo Ferreira (BRA) caused the upset of the day in his heat against Adrian Buchan (AUS). The Brazilian was quick to work, attacking the wave and posting three scores before Buchan had got to his feet. The rookie continued to look calm and comfortable, maintaining his early lead through the heat with speed and flair. Buchan, who had posted only small scores, made a final showing but it wasn’t enough, and he is eliminated from competition in equal 25th while Ferreira moves onto Round 3.
“Last year was the best year of my life because of my qualification to the tour,” said Ferreira. This is my dream and I’m so stoked to make my first heat and I’m feeling confident. Gabriel is an amazing surfer and is my inspiration in the water. Today the conditions were hard but it was fun.”
Fellow Brazilian rookie Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) also caused an upset in his Round 2 heat, eliminating Kai Otton (AUS) and coming from behind to take a narrow victory over the Australian.
“I just relaxed and I’m so confident because I’ve been surfing the last ten days in these waves,” said Wiggolly. “I was feeling good and I just wanted to get out there. I’m stoked.”
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast is webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
The world's best surfing is also broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and the WSL's new partner in Brazil, Globo TV.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning to assess conditions and make the next call.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results (1st to R3, 2nd = 25th):
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.43
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.33 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 10.63
Heat 3: Glenn Hall (IRL) 12.77 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.67
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.83 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.00
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.17 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 9.84
Heat 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.74 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 10.40
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 15.53
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.60 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.33
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.67 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.10
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.47 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 13.10
Heat 11: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 14.16 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.93
Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.10 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.00
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Match-Ups (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Freddy Patacchia Jr.
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Gabe has a brain-melt and saves us from boredom! The Quik Pro won't be remembered for the waves, but it will be remembered for the frustrated reactions of the surfers to the lack of waves. Having been forced to sit around for nearly 2 weeks (and having passed up contestable conditions right at the start of the waiting period) the promise of cyclone swell didn't materialise as predicted. So out in the slop they went...
Despite leading his heat against Micro, Gabe obscurely decided to hustle him whilst he had priority. Paddled up the point a bit, and took off on a dribbler - hoping to force Micro into taking it. Medina pulled off as he got to Micro seeing that he was paddling for it, but then Micro - who must have footballing genes somewhere in the family - decided to play-act a wipeout to imply he was interfered with. He got the desired reaction and Gabe was called for interference. Any other day of the week, Glen would never, ever have wiped out on that wave. But he played smart and Gabe played stupid. Glen wins the heat.
Gabe was not a happy puppy at the post heat interview. Not a happy puppy at all. And in the tightly-controlled teflon-slick cookie cutter world of the ASP, I mean WSL, he did what no man should do. He spoke his mind. Not the media-friendly drivel they're expected to trot on in the yawn-boring yankee-controlled production. No boring vanilla here, oh no. Pete Mel got more nervous than a 2 wave hold down at Mav's, and yanked the mike away from Gabe just as he was getting into his swing. Flashbacks of Bobby's outburst in NY anyone!?
Micro may have played the fake wipeout smart, but was not so smart when he told Medina to F off. Don't do that to a brazzo and not expect a reaction. Any bets on whether Glen will have to employ a bodyguard on the Brazilian leg of the tour - he ain't gonna be a popular man....
Be interesting to see how many events Gabe gets banned for as punishment for his outburst. Could have some serious world title implications.
Cos you see, Gabe was on a roll. Not only did he call out Glen, the judges for the crappy intereference call, but then he decided to have a dig at KP for making a kak call to extend the waiting period - and then they still had to surf slop. Don't diss the boss-man - that ain't ever clever. Strike three and you're out!?
In a day full of expressed frustrations, Freddy P kept us entertained with a rock hop instead of a chop-hop. Gat vol of the crap they had to surf, he pumped in with a foamy and headed straight for the rocks - hopping his board up onto one in what can only be described as the best middle-finger flick at the organisers ever.
Head over to 7 minutes into the clip for the fun...
Conditions haven't been great for this years comp - but in retrospect the WSL put all their eggs in one basket when they made the call to extend the events waiting period so as to hook into the new cyclone swell - which didn't end up arriving as forecast. Swell forecasting is anything but an exact science, but maybe they should run the comp in those first few days when the waves were certainly better than they are now? Hindsight is an exact science, but it's always made worse when you picked the wrong option.
As the dust settles on a interesting day, what normally would make big news has all but been forgotten - many of the big names are out the event. Of the favourites, only Mick and Taj find themselves in the quarters, so a good chance for them to rack up some points on the opposition.
Here's the results of Rd 5.
Up coming quarterfinal clashes:
Get those entries in for the ML Fantasy Surfer comp - just pick your winner and enter before 6.30pm tonight.
Manager: Shireen Abrahams (SAbrahams@justice.gov.za)
Coach : Dominique Abersalie
All team members must please advise Shireen of your availability by Monday 9th March 2015.
Shireen will have a meeting with all team members and their parents to inform you all of the arrangements, requirements, expenses, coaching and team building sessions as soon as all team members have confirmed their availability.
In the meantime we are looking for sponsorships in the form of team jackets, t-shirts, (needing another 2 per team member), towels, food and monetary sponsorships to assist with accommodation expenses. Please contact myself or Shireen if you can assist in any way. Billabong will be sponsoring the team with some clothing items ( Hoodie, t-shirt, boardies and a cap) and one of the Grom dads’ has offered to sponsor the kit bags. With just 3 weeks to go, we need to put this on our priority list.
COOLANGATTA, Queensland/Australia (Saturday, February 28, 2015) - The 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) officially kicked off today and the world’s best surfers hit the lineup at Snapper Rocks for the opening day of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ. Both the men and the women surfed through Round 1 in an exciting day of action that saw big scores and electric performances.
Reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) proved just why he wears the yellow jersey in his heat against compatriot Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and wildcard Dane Reynolds (USA). The Brazilian pair went blow for blow with the rookie testing Medina, holding the lead with an 8.93 and leaving Reynolds in a combination situation. The Champion answered back with a near-perfect 9.50 and the highest two-wave heat total of the day, an 18.30 (out of 20), to seal the win and his place in Round 3.
“That was a tough heat against Wiggolly,” Medina said. “I knew it would be a tough heat because I’ve been watching him over the years and his backside is dangerous. He put some good scores on the board but luckily I got that last wave and I made it, I’m stoked.”
Heat 5 saw a thrilling battle unfold between three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), rookie Matt Banting (AUS) and trials winner Jack Freestone (AUS), who took to the water in an all-Australian match-up. All three surfers put on a show but it was Banting who held the lead at the halfway point. A fired-up Fanning put the pressure back on, posting the highest single-wave score of the day, a near-perfect 9.73, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead from the rookie, who claimed the first CT win of his career and caused the upset of the day. Fanning and Freestone will surf again in elimination Round 2.
“Coming in as one of the higher seeds in the QS (Qualifying Series) I didn’t think I’d have to face Mick straight away,” Banting said. “Having him and Freestone out here meant it was definitely a tough heat. It was so good to get a win so early in the year because I was so nervous going into it. I’m stoked to be here, and hopefully I’ll get a few results this year and be back next year.”
Freddy Patacchia Jr. (USA) dominated his Round 1 heat against 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and C.J. Hobgood (USA). Patacchia’s power surfing netted him two solid scores and a 15.66 heat total (out of a possible 20) with just 10 minutes gone. He went on to solidify his lead with another 8-point ride, leaving both Slater and Hobgood searching for two good scores. Slater made a final attempt with one minute remaining, but it wasn’t enough, and he will join Hobgood in elimination Round 2.
“I’m just happy that it’s a new year,” Patacchia said. “We get to start all over again from zero and show the judges and the fans what we’ve been working on in the off season. I was able to pick off some pretty good waves out there and show what I’ve got. It felt great and I feel strong physically and mentally. It’s good, it’s only Round 1, but it’s a good start.”
Dusty Payne (HAW) was in blistering form in his match-up against Brazilians Adriano de Souza and Filipe Toledo, stamping his authority on the heat with a near-perfect 9.67. Payne, who returns to the CT in 2015 after a year off tour due to injury, looked composed and confident out in the lineup at Snapper Rocks and his well-deserved win sees him move directly to Round 3.
“My goal is to keep winning heats and I want to be on this tour for a long time," Payne said. "Hopefully I’ll be here as long as Kelly’s been here. He’s a huge inspiration for me and I want to have a long and successful career like him.”
Patacchia and Payne lead a strong Day 1 for the Hawaiians with other Round 1 wins posted by Sebastian Zietz (HAW) and John John Florence (HAW).
“There’s definitely some nerves because it’s the first event the year,” Florence said. “I’m stoked that I’ve won that first heat, I feel good and like the momentum is still going from 2014. It was so inspiring to watch Gabriel win, I think it really pushed all us younger guys and think I want to win now, so I’m definitely really excited for this year.”
When the men’s competition resumes, up first will be Fanning against wildcard Reynolds in elimination Round 2.
Following Round 1 of the Quiksilver Pro the world’s best female surfers took to the water for Round 1 of the Roxy Pro.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) began her 2015 campaign in Heat 2 against Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS). The Australians went back and forth through most of the heat, but Conlogue came back in the final minutes to take the top spot. An impressive buzzer beater in the dying seconds saw Fitzgibbons light up Snapper Rocks and claim an excellent 9.23 for the win.
“I tried to go into that first Round nice and relaxed and feeling confident in my approach,” Fitzgibbons said. “2015 is a new chapter for me. Heading into this next phase is about developing the things I’m passionate about. After publishing my first book it really inspired me and there’s no time like the present to go out on my own and start a new business venture. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see it come to fruition.”
Silvana Lima (BRA) marked her return to the CT with an outstanding performing in Round 1. An in-form Lima posted two excellent scores, an 8.83 and a near-perfect 9.33 (the highest single-wave score of the Roxy Pro so far), to win the heat, upsetting reigning WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the process. Trials winner Bronte Macaulay (AUS) will join Gilmore in elimination Round 2.
“I’m here for the fight and I go out into the water to do my best,” said Lima. “I feel confident - 100 percent, 1,000 percent - and I feel so great. This is the best surfing I’ve done in my life.”
Another exciting heat saw two-time Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) snatch the win from rookie Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in the final moments of their Round 1 bout with Laura Enever (AUS). Moore's victory secures her place in Round 3, while her opponents will surf again in Round 2.
“Considering the conditions I’m stoked I got the win today,” Moore said. “I’ve been working on having a strong overall game and being really enthusiastic and passionate about what I’m doing. I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to this season.”
When the women’s competition resumes, up first will be Conlogue against Erickson in elimination Round 2.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. local time to assess conditions for a possible 8 a.m. start.
The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast is webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com.
The world's best surfing is also be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and the WSL's new partner in Brazil, Globo TV.
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.16, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.87, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.00
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.60, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.44, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 8.94
Heat 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 17.06, Kelly Slater (USA) 14.43, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.50
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 16.80, Glenn Hall (IRL) 12.84, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.57
Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS) 17.76, Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.06, Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.83
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.30, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 16.93, Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.27
Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.14, Kai Otton (AUS) 15.03, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.67
Heat 8: Dusty Payne (HAW) 16.34, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.53, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.66
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.19, Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.80, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.43
Heat 10: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.44, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.44, Josh Kerr (AUS) 4.10
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.43, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.97, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.43
Heat 12: Nat Young (USA) 15.80, Adam Melling (AUS) 10.30, Owen Wright (AUS) 9.10
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 5: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 6: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 8: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 12: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.80, Sage Erickson (USA) 13.33, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.03
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.56, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.30, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.50
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 18.16, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.00, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 9.73
Heat 4: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.76, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.26, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.97
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.00, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.86, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.00
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.40, Coco Ho (HAW) 14.13, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.63
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 5: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 6: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Coco Ho (HAW)